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Celebrating Alabama Veterans by the Numbers

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — In honor of Veteran’s Day, UA’s Center for Business and Economic Research compiled some interesting statistics about veterans in Alabama. Veterans make up a significant portion of Alabama’s population, with about 9.8 percent of Alabama’s population identifying as a veteran, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011-2015 American Community Survey estimates. Data from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs estimates about 370,000 veterans live in Alabama as of September 30, 2017. By examining the demographic characteristics, educational attainment, and ... more

Business Confidence Remains High Moving into Third Quarter

Business confidence registered at 61.6 in the third quarter 2017 Alabama Business Confidence Index TM (ABCI) survey conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce.

The ABCI is compiled from a quarterly survey sent to business leaders throughout the state gauging their expectations for the coming quarter compared with the current. The six component indexes that make up the ABCI reflect panelists’ expectations for industry sales, profits, hiring, and capital expenditures as well as their forecasts for the statewide and national economies. An index value above 50 ... more

The University of Alabama 2015-2016 Economic Impacts

For the 2015-2016 academic year, The University of Alabama (UA) economic and fiscal impacts on the State of Alabama were record highs of $2.597 billion, 13,217 jobs, and $128.3 million in income and sales taxes ($39.7 million state sales tax, $38.9 million state income tax, and $49.7 million local sales tax). The seven home football games had a total statewide impact of $175.5 million, an average of $25.1 million per game.

The nearly $2.6 billion UA impact translates into $17.50 for every dollar of the $148.4 million state appropriation to the university for the year. Additionally, Alabama will realize a ...more

Business Executives Reported Education and Workforce Training the Top Issue Facing Alabama

Business executives in Alabama believe education and workforce training is the top issue currently facing the state. Education and workforce training ranked second in the 2015 survey and was one of the most significant shifts in rankings from the previous year.

Business executives are surveyed annually by the Center for Business and Economic Research in The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce on various topics related to issues facing the state and their respective ...more

Alabama Job Growth Continues, Economic Forecast from UA’s CBER Updated

Recent numbers indicate that Alabama job growth continues its slow but solid pace.  The state added 24,500 jobs between October 2015 and October 2016. Most of job gains were in services providing firms that added 20,700 workers.  Employment levels within goods-producing firms also rose, by 3,800.  Despite an improvement in both residential and commercial construction activity in the state, overall employment in construction-related firms fell by 2,200 over the twelve-month period ending ...more

Alabama State Data Center 2016 Data Conference

The 2020 Census: A New Design for the 21st Century

Local Employment Dynamics: Getting in Touch with Your Local Workforce from a
National Point of View

Accessing Census Bureau Data – Introducing Census Business Builder: Small Business & Regional Analyst Editions

The 2020 Census - Geographic Partnership Opportunities

The History Behind Census Geography

Alabama's Metro Areas Facts and Figures

Alabama Economics Club - "2015 National, State, and Local Economic Outlook"

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Alabama Job Growth Picking Up, Economic Forecast from UA’s CBER Improves

Recent numbers indicate that Alabama job growth may finally be picking up from the slow pace seen since the last recession.  The state added 31,600 jobs between September 2013 and September 2014.  That’s one of the highest rates of job growth during a 12-month period since the U.S. economy fell into ...more

CBER Analysis Validates Predictive Significance of ABCI

Each quarter business executives across Alabama take the online Alabama Business Confidence Index™ (ABCI) survey, a project of the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) in UA's Culverhouse College of Commerce. The recent Q4 2013 survey marked 48 consecutive quarters of ABCI results. Using these survey results, CBER has completed a Validation Analysis comparing statewide trends in the ABCI and ...more

UA Economist Provides Cost-Benefit Analysis of New Alabama Immigration Law

In a new study, Dr. Samuel Addy, Director of UA's Center for Business and Economic Research, utilizes cost-benefit analysis to assess the economic impacts of HB 56, the Alabama immigration law ...more

Report takes broad look at Alabama economy and related topics

A study completed by CBER in 2011 for the Alabama Association of Regional Councils (AARC) assesses the status of the state’s economy, people, resources, and environment in global, national, and regional contexts.  The 53-page report, Alabama in the Global Economy, considers the question of “Where do we go from here?” and offers policy recommendations for sustainable development.  It is part of the AARC’s recent update of Alabama’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).  You can visit the Alabama CEDS website at for reports, data, and maps or access the Alabama in the Global Economy report directly here.

Preliminary Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes in Alabama

Preliminary macroeconomic impact estimates of the April 27, 2011 tornadoes that hit Alabama are reductions of (i) 0.2-0.5 percent in employment or 5,600-13,200 jobs, (ii) 0.2-0.5 percent in state tax collections or $19.1-44.5 million, (iii) 0.5-0.7 percent in Alabama Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or $835 million to $1.3 billion, and (iv) $4.4-10.2 million in local sales tax collections.  These loss effects are expected to be experienced in 2011 only ...more

BP Oil Spill Preliminary Macroeconomic Impacts on Alabama

The Center for Business and Economic Research has released preliminary macroeconomic impact estimates of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Alabama for 2010 ...more


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